10 Reasons Why You’ll Love Living in Ironwood, Michigan


Thinking of relocating to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula? Its impressive blend of community, culture, and natural attractions make Ironwood a great place to call home. Here are just 10 of the many reasons you’ll love living in Ironwood, Michigan.

1. Affordable real estate in a desirable location.

Ironwood’s available properties range from modern-built homes with all the amenities to historic homes, oozing with character. You can choose to live in a peaceful forested area, right downtown, or even overlooking Lake Superior.

2. High-quality, comprehensive education.

Ironwood offers learners a complete education, from elementary school through college. The friendly, community-focused schools of Ironwood include Luther L. Wright K-12 School and Gogebic Community College. As Ironwood is also close to Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, and Northland College, college students won’t have to leave the region to find a college that’s the perfect fit for them.

3. Great resources for established businesses, start-ups, and solopreneurs.

The Ironwood Industrial Park houses many world-class businesses, with market-ready buildings and acres of land for sale. Ironwood has three main centers of commerce and industry: the industrial park, home to wood, plastic, fabric, and metal production/fabricating industries; Downtown Ironwood, featuring restaurants, retail shops, office space, a theater, and art studios; and U.S. Highway 2, the center of the city’s lodging and large-scale retail.

4. Employment opportunities.

Great manufacturing and industrial companies call Ironwood home. In addition, Ironwood welcomes and provides incentives to firms looking to relocate to this truly unique region.

5. All the essentials.

You’ll have major retailers, such as Walmart and Tractor Supply, and grocers, including Super-One Foods and Northwind Natural Food Co-Op, close at hand for your everyday essentials. For medical care, rest assured that Aspirus Ironwood Hospital and Clinic will take care of you. The presence of the Ironwood Public Service Department’s trained police, fire, and medical responders enables residents to enjoy a peaceful and safe live in Ironwood.

6. Convenient for travel.

To accommodate your travel needs, the Gogebic-Iron County Airport has two daily flights to Chicago all week, and two daily flights to Minneapolis, Monday through Friday.

7. A close-knit, caring community.

Ironwood is the quintessential small town. With a population of approximately 5,000, you’ll get to know your neighbors and take pride in your community.

8. Year-round sports and activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all types.

Ironwood is located in the Lake Superior snow belt, making it the place to be for snow sports—including downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. When the snow melts, enjoy hiking, biking, and ATVing on area trails; excellent fishing on the lakes, rivers, and streams; and kayaking on both serene lakes and whitewater rapids. The Iron Belle Trail—great for hiking, biking, and snowshoeing—starts in Ironwood and runs all the way down to Belle Isle, by Detroit, so your grand adventure will start right in your own backyard in Ironwood.

9. So many day trip options.

With Ironwood’s proximity to Lake Superior, the Porcupine Mountains, many waterfalls, lakes, and rivers, and tourist destinations such as Marquette and Bayfield, Wisconsin, you will never be bored!

10. A lively downtown, brimming with history.

Historic Downtown Ironwood is brimming with character, evident in the Historic Ironwood Theatre, Depot Park, Ironwood Area Historical Society Museum, Ironwood Memorial Building, Ironwood Carnegie Library, Michigan’s Iron Belle Trailhead, and several beautiful parks. Get a taste of local culture at Ironwood’s First Friday events (held the first Friday of each month), featuring late-night shopping, live music, and entertaining events at local businesses.

Pick up the latest issue of Up North Home Showcase to learn more about real estate agents servicing the Ironwood area and to see listings of available homes in and around Ironwood.

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